KSRelief signs project to combat cholera in Yemen

KSRelief General Supervisor Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah and Nivio Zagaria, head of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Yemen, sign project to combat cholera epidemic in Yemen. (SPA)
Updated 26 May 2017
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KSRelief signs project to combat cholera in Yemen

JEDDAH: The King Salman Center for Humanitarian Aid and Relief (KSRelief) has launched rapid response efforts to combat and contain cholera in Yemen, initiating a number of activities in this regard.
Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, adviser to the Royal Court and head of the center, this week signed a project with the World Health Organization (WHO) that will serve all provinces in Yemen.
In a press statement, Al-Rabeeah said the broad programs and activities targeting the outbreak will benefit Yemenis across the country, and comes after the inauguration of a 500-ton convoy carrying medicines and supplies.
He said the program aims to reduce the number of deaths resulting from the cholera outbreak across Yemen by increasing early detection, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment efforts, as well as enhancing the rapid response and capabilities of the central laboratories at the Ministry of Health and local hospitals.
Al-Rabeeah also confirmed that KSRelief has taken necessary measures to sterilize water, test the water quality, and cleanse water sources, while also training health workers and employees of labs to discover cases and diagnose them.
The center also worked on educating and improving health behaviors and ways to apply cleanliness and food safety measures, as well as distributing necessary medicines and materials to combat cholera in target areas.
“The Kingdom is the first responder to support the UN in Yemen, with $274 million, and was at the forefront of countries supporting Yemen and its people in this humanitarian crisis, as well as in its rapid response to the cholera outbreak,” said Al-Rabeeah.
“We commend and appreciate the partnership with the UN and international, regional and local organizations and look forward to rapid implementation using all available logistical solutions across Yemen to alleviate the suffering of Yemenis and save the lives of thousands,” he continued.
He called on the international humanitarian community and UN organizations to stand by the center in this stage to prevent any attacks by Houthi militias on humanitarian aid going to beneficiaries.
For his part, the head of the WHO’s mission in Yemen Dr. Nivio Zagaria said the support of the center is critical to facing the epidemic in Yemen.
“Your support and the support of others is important to us and what we need to quickly respond to the cholera outbreak, and we agree with your vision of combating cholera as it is an extension of the working partnership with you over a year and half,” he said.
“You are right in your request of the UN to quickly intervene and respond, and not to delay in order to combat cholera in Yemen, and your strong message that we wish to direct to the world is that all Yemenis are in need of the support of the international community. For this we are beside you today to sign this critical project to combat this epidemic,” he said.


Saudi Arabia committed to achieving sustainable development goals, says envoy to UN

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Saudi Arabia committed to achieving sustainable development goals, says envoy to UN

Saudi Arabia is committed to achieving sustainable development, and the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 plans fall in line with the economic, social, and environmental dimensions of sustainable development, said Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN.

In his address to the UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on sustainable development, Al-Mouallimi said that this year’s focus on empowerment, justice, comprehensiveness, and expertise exchange and capacity building would have a great impact on achieving the objectives of the sustainable development agenda and on overcoming the obstacles to a more inclusive and just world.

Al-Mouallimi stressed the Kingdom’s continuous efforts to create jobs through strategic initiatives and giant projects, and its great achievement in integrating its financial market to the indexes of international emerging markets, and to the UN initiatives for sustainable markets.

With regards to the environment, Al-Mouallimi pointed out that the Kingdom continues to strengthen its measures on climate change, toward the full implementation of the Paris Convention. In addition, it continues its cooperation with other GCC countries to meet global, environmental, and climatic challenges related to fossil fuel uses.

Al-Mouallimi noted that the Quality of Life Program 2020 continues to progress. The number of Saudi citizens over the age of 15 has increased by 50 percent in 2018. In addition, and as part of its commitment to the principle of inclusiveness and social diversity, a special residence system was established for non-Saudis to enable them to live with their families and to go about their work with ease.